I dual boot XP x64 and Suse x64 and run VirtualBox on both, in XP x64 I run Suse x32 virtualy and in Suse x64 I run XP x32. I only use XP x64 to game and work in Suse. VirtualBox runs great on both OS’s.
deian I’ve just tried the virtualbox from the repository in Suse 11 and it works fine, it didn’t in 10.3, had to install the one off their site
If you wanna add the virtualbox repository do it like this:
Open Yast, go Software, Software Repositories
In the new screen click the Add button to the bottom left and the screen changes to Media Type, with a list of types, select Community Repositories and click Next
When Yast has finished scanning it gives you a repository list, select the one that says “Virtualization (VirtualBox)” … and any others you may wanna add (the PackMan one has some nice packages), click Ok when you’ve made your selection(s)
You can then click Finish to exit and open the package manager, in the package manager search box, just type virtualbox and tick virtualbox-ose to install, it should automatically choose the right kernel
Ok thanks, I’ve done that. I’m trying to boot into Windows XP. But how do I configure it to boot from the harddrive. Or does it need to be some kind of weird image, such as an ISO or whatever. This thing baffles me!
Or can I somehow point to the way grub starts windows when I select it from the list on boot?
To change the boot options for OpenSUSE, open up YaST and login with your root password. Once YaST loads, type boot in the search field and an icon for Boot Loader should come up. There you can find and edit the names, priorities and locations of the boots. Once you save the changes, all the boot options when you turn on your computer and see the OpenSUSE boot screen will be set to the options you have provided. I’m not sure if the boot loader is what you were looking for, but from experience, that would be a good place to check.
As for virtualization, Wine is a pretty good. There are some things that they can improve on, and from using it, OpenSUSE is not the most supported distribution from Linux, but it will support many of the popular Windows programs. To find out more information on Wine, check this link out. There, you can find out all the official information on Wine and news on the most recent releases. To check if a program is supported by Wine, or any changes that Wine may need before installing, refer to the Wine Application Database. You can use the search field in the left column to search for specific programs in the database. As mentioned before, Wine is not foolproof, but it works pretty well for common and popular Windows programs.
If you are looking into a virtual machine, I would suggest VMWare. But if you intend to run intense programs (hardware-wise, requiring a lot of memory), I wouldn’t suggest using a virtual machine unless you have a good amount of memory. I only have 1GB, so I usually only give the virtual machine a portion of this, maybe 512MB of RAM, so it runs slow and runs intense programs poorly. If I allocated all my RAM to the virtual machine, I would have problems running my desktop, so I try to steer-clear of that. If you want to install VMWare on your system, check this tutorial out. The part on VMWare will guide you through installing it and check this tutorial out if you want to convert an existing Windows system to a virtual machine that you can run through VMWare.
That’s why you need an installable copy of Windows, say on CD. You won’t be able to use your OEM copy that’s preinstalled on the machine. Virtualbox simulates a hard disk inside a file. It’s a totally separate environment which makes it nice to test things in isolation.
> Ok thanks, I’ve done that. I’m trying to boot into Windows XP. But how
> do I configure it to boot from the harddrive. Or does it need to be
> some kind of weird image, such as an ISO or whatever. This thing
> baffles me!
> Or can I somehow point to the way grub starts windows when I select it
> from the list on boot?
> Your help would be most appreciated.
I recently need Windows XP, lamentably, for running and test some apps, so I looked to virtualization.
I tried XEN, it worked running windows xp, but the performance is very very but very poor (even running in my new Thinkpad T61 with 3 GB RAM with SLED10 SP2, and the worst of all I could not make work the network with my wireless conection, I spent a lot of days looking for the solution but I didn’t found), I really wanted to give it a try because of the open source support but for the production use Xen is not ready.
I didn’t have time to test virtualbox or the other one (qemu?).
I went for vmware and the performance and functions are very very superior to Xen by the moment, and I don’t have to change kernels (default or xen), I’m very happy with it, but of corse is not open source